Leadore rancher Carl Ellsworth has named to the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame for his cattle industry leadership. He runs a reputation registered and commercial Angus cattle herd in the Lemhi Valley that provides heifers and bulls all over the country. It is a family corporation which now involves several of his children.
After graduating with a degree in Animal Science from Fresno State University in 1982, Ellsworth returned to the family ranch becoming a general partner handling the business end of the operations. When his father, former state senator Jim Ellsworth, passed away in 1989, he became general manager of Ellsworth Angus Ranch. He added an additional ranch to the operation and has made numerous improvements to the operation including pasture renovations, strategic grazing and pivot irrigation.
Ellsworth is respected leader with several cattle and irrigation boards. He has also represented the cattle industry in working with the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to enhance anadromous fish habitat in Haley, Eighteenmile, Texas, and Big Eightmile Creeks. He is active in the Lemhi County Cattle and Horse Growers Association.
In his “spare time”, Ellsworth has served as president of the Idaho Cattle Association, on the Idaho Brand Board, on the Northwest Farm Credit Association board, and is a member of the National Cattle Association and a lifetime member of the American Angus Association.
Ellsworth and his wife Kelly, are the parents of six children, who take an active role in farming and ranching.